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Pennsylvania Religious Freedom Protection Act

This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016


State

Pennsylvania

Number

Pa. Stat. tit. 71, §2401-2407

Status

Current

Proposed

Apr 30, 2002

Topics

LGBTQ, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Full Bill Text

www.legis.state.pa.us

The Pennsylvania Religious Freedom Protection Act prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person’s free exercise of religion, including any burden which results from a rule of general applicability, unless it is in furtherance of a compelling interest of the agency and the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling interest.

A “person” is defined as an individual, or a church, association of churches or other religious order, or a nonprofit religious organization.

A person whose free exercise of religion has been burdened or likely will be burdened may assert that violation against an agency as a claim or defense in any judicial or administrative proceeding.

The law does not allow religious freedom to be raised as a defense in lawsuits between private citizens and therefore tracks the federal RFRA.


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